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The following is a list of minor characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1992, by order of first appearance.

Anne HowesEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 10 March 1992
Last appearance 9 April 1992
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Occupation PA

Anne Howes met Phil Mitchell while he was on a stag night in a curry house. Phil brought her back to his home at the Queen Vic and they slept together. A romance was quick to develop, but Anne turned out to be a habitual liar. She refused to give Phil her home telephone number or allow him back to her house and when Phil questioned her on this, she became defensive and hostile. By this time Phil had fallen for her, so he persevered, but he began to grow suspicious when he spotted her arguing with a strange man in the middle of Bridge Street market. Anne claimed that the man was merely an ex-boyfriend, but when Phil confronted him he was told that Anne was his wife and a serial adulterer.

Phil was angered by her dishonesty, but Anne claimed that her marriage was over, which her husband, Terry, refused to accept. She portrayed Terry as suicidal and needy and promised that her feelings for Phil were genuine. Phil eventually accepted her explanation and confessed to loving her, but Anne remained uncertain about leaving her husband, fearing that he would kill himself if she did. After days of ignoring Phil, Anne agreed to discuss their relationship over dinner, but she turned up to the restaurant late, claiming that her husband had locked her in their bedroom. Terry followed them there and was shocked to discover that Anne had claimed he was suicidal, dismissing this as one of her lies. He pleaded with Phil to finish with Anne for the sake of their young daughter—another secret that Anne had been keeping. Phil ended the affair after realising that Anne had been lying to him all along.

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Terry HowesEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 24 March 1992
Last appearance 9 April 1992

Terry Howes was the husband of Phil Mitchell's girlfriend, Anne, although this was not revealed straight away. Originally Anne claimed that Terry was a former lover, who had taken their separation badly. Phil became suspicious when he saw Anne and Terry rowing and, later that evening, Terry was spotted lurking outside Phil's house. Furious, Phil went to warn him off, but Terry stunned him by revealing that he and Anne were actually married.

Anne convinced Phil that her marriage was over, but she was unable to leave Terry as he had threatened to kill himself if she did. When Phil confronted Terry with this, he discovered that Anne had been lying—she'd had numerous affairs in the past, but always came back to him in the end. Terry then shocked Phil by telling him that he and Anne had a young daughter. He begged him to end the affair for her sake. Phil did so after realising that Anne had been lying all along.

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Bernie StantonEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
Appeared on 26 March 1992
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Occupation Car trader

Bernie Stanton was a dealer who provided Frank Butcher with used cars for his carlot in Walford. In 1992, Frank accumulated heavy debts due to a tax demand and VAT bill. He was subsequently unable to pay Bernie for the cars. Bernie showed up in Walford and ordered his employees to take back all the unpaid for cars. Frank was forced to pay Bernie straight away in order to keep them.

Gary PhillipsEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 31 March 1992
Last appearance 23 April 1992

Gary Phillips was a friend of Lloyd Tavernier. He and his friend Wesley were into shoplifting and raiding skips and repossessed houses for discarded junk, which they sold on Brick Lane.

On another occasion, Gary stole a car and took it for a joyride with Lloyd and Wes. His unruly driving caught the attention of the police and a chase ensued. The police eventually cornered them and all three were arrested and charged.

They stood trial in front of a magistrate in April and Gary was sent to a young offenders institute for a three month sentence. He was also disqualified from driving for two years. Lloyd managed to get off with a suspended sentence because he had sickle cell.

Charles RaymondEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
Appeared on 9 April 1992
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Occupation Property investor

Charles Raymond was a property investor who came to Walford to view Frank Butcher's B&B at number 20 Albert Square. Frank had been forced to put the property on the market in 1992 after a huge tax demand and VAT bill threatened to leave him bankrupt. The adjoining property, 18 Albert Square, was also owned by Frank—used as the Butcher family residence. Frank intended to keep this property, but Mr Raymond told him that he was only interested in buying both. Frank was against this, even though Charles offered to purchase at market price and pay the estate agents fee. Later that day, Frank was contacted by his financial advisor, Christine Pretis, who informed him that his tax demand was far greater than the original estimate. Frank had no choice but to sell the two properties to Charles and move his family to a small flat elsewhere on the Square.

Albert DaviesEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
Appeared on 14 April 1992
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Occupation Brewery rep

Albert Davies was a Welsh representitive from Celtic Cross Breweries who came to The Queen Vic to persuade Sharon Mitchell to stock his beer. He gave her a free crate, which the customers soon finished.

Jonathan HewittEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 28 April 1992
Last appearance 14 May 1992
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Occupation Unemployed

Jonathan Hewitt was the layabout son of Christine Hewitt — who employed Arthur Fowler to tend to her garden. Jonathan had been unemployed for a while after dropping out of college, and when Christine saw Arthur advertising for a gardening assistant she approached him and recommended Jonathan for the post. Arthur agreed and he and Jonathan spent several weeks tending to gardens in Albert Square.

Arthur's love for plants rubbed off on Jonathan, and he seemed extremely keen on the job, even helping Arthur sell his plants at the May Day fête on the Square. However as the weeks went by Johnathan started to shirk his responsibilities, leaving work early and then failing to show up at all. After a few days of absence, Arthur contacted Christine to complain. According to Christine, Jonathan had left London to attend a festival in Scotland with his hippy friends. Christine took over the job in his place, which was the precursor to her affair with Arthur. Jonathan never appeared again, but in March 1993 Christine visited him in Scotland because he had suffered an injury.

The role of Jonathan Hewitt was one of the first notable acting credits for Jonny Lee Miller, who went on to find greater fame as a film actor. Miller has since commented on his stint in EastEnders: "It was five weeks' work and I made more money there than I ever had in my life. Then they offered me a year's contract. I said no, thank God. I thought I should get out of there while I still could. No offence to EastEnders."[1]


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Andonis PapadopoulosEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1992, 1994
First appearance 19 May 1992
Last appearance 16 August 1994
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Occupation Proprietor

Andonis Papadopoulos known commonly as Mr. Papadopoulos, is the owner of the launderette on Bridge Street.[2] In a long-running joke, employee Dot Branning has difficulty pronouncing his surname, and for much of the show's history he has been referred to as Mr. Oppodopolus, Oppydoppy, or varying other mispronunciations; some of which are used by other characters, including Yolande Trueman who calls him Mr. P.

Andonis was not the original owner of the launderette. From the show's inception until May 1992 the property was owned by his father, until he died while holidaying in his native Athens. The character is of Greek descent, but the Papadopouloses were apparently based in Walthamstow, East London.

Despite being referred to regularly throughout the entire serial, the Papadopouloses have not been seen often on-screen. Andonis made his first appearance in May 1992, when he came to Walford to assess the business following his father's death. Dot noticed him taking a keen interest in the launderette and feared he was a murderer. She spent several days in a terrified state until Andonis made a formal introduction the following episode, revealing his first name. He made several alterations to the way the business was managed, much to Dot's dismay.

Over the next two years he showed up in Walford occasionally. He was featured in the programme's 1,000th episode on 12 July 1994, where he discovered that his employee, Carol Jackson, was faking an illness in order to get out of work. Carol was actually attending the wedding of Nigel and Debbie Bates, which Andonis witnessed. The following day he fired Carol as well as long-time employee, Pauline Fowler, who had been covering up for her. He employed a relative to work in their place, but the launderette fell into chaos, so both were eventually offered their jobs back. Pauline made him grovel before accepting and managed to get a 75 pence per hour payrise. This was Mr. Papadopoulos' last appearance to date, though he is still mentioned often in the programme.

Adrian BellEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 4 August 1992
Last appearance 6 August 1992
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Occupation Carpenter

Adrian Bell, an acquaintance of Grant Mitchell, was called urgently to the Queen Vic pub in August 1992 to do some repair work on its furniture.[3] Grant had smashed the place up after a heated row with his wife Sharon. Adrian spent several days mending the furniture, though Sharon found his presence an irritation, as he made loud noises and took up room in her bar. She was pleased with the job he did in the end, and was more than happy with his reasonable fee. Frank Butcher also tried to employ Adrian to instil a cab office for his wife’s cab firm in Bridge Street cafè. He wanted to relocate the office from its current location at the car lot, where he worked. When Pat Butcher found out, she forbade Frank from going ahead with the plan.


Sean HoganEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
Appeared on 25 August 1992

Sean Hogan’s mother sold Rachel Kominski a boxful of his recently deceased father’s belongings. Rachel bought the box for ten pounds, but later discovered a valuable fishing reel inside, which a man bought from her for £150. The following episode, Sean and his mother came in search of Rachel, and found her at the Queen Vic pub. They wanted her to give the reel back. When Rachel said that she had sold it, Sean became angry, and accused her of stealing from his poor bereaved mother. He demanded that Rachel split her profits with them. He then pulled out a flyer advertising the same fishing reel for the price of £7,000, and he refused to believe that Rachel had sold it for a mere £150. He threatened to sue her, and when he became loud and aggressive, landlord Grant Mitchell threw him out of the pub. Rachel felt guilty, and offered to give the money to the woman, but she was highly embarrassed by her son’s behaviour. She told Rachel to keep it.

Charlie GraceEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
Appeared on 10 September 1992

Major Charlie Grace met Dot Cotton and Ethel Skinner at a tea dance, and bought them a bottle of champagne. He alleged that he was a war veteran, and took a keen interest in Dot. When Ethel decided to go home, Dot remained with Major Grace and they went for a romantic meal. He charmed Dot into thinking that he wanted to see her again, and Dot was keen to do so. At the end of the meal, major Grace told Dot to go to the bathroom "to powder her nose" while he took care of the bill. However, when Dot returned, Major Grace had disappeared. Dot soon realised that she had been conned when the maitre d' informed her that Major Grace had insisted that she was paying for the meal. When Dot reached into her bag, she realised that her purse had been stolen too.

Lilian KominskiEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 17 September 1992
Last appearance 29 September 1992
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Home Finchley

Lilian Kominski was the mother of Rachel Kominski. She came to stay with Rachel unexpectedly following a row with her husband, Jospeph, and she refused to return home until her husband begged her to. Lilian was an interfering, judgemental and critical person, who constantly upset and embarrassed Rachel in front of her friends. She jibed Rachel for not dressing attractively or having a husband; criticised her lifestyle; meddled in her blossoming relationship with Richard Cole; frowned upon Rachel's lodger, Michelle Fowler, for having an interracial relationship with Clyde Tavernier; and told anyone who cared to listen about how badly Rachel treated her and how much she had sacrificed for her. Rachel found her presence highly stressful, but whenever she confronted her mother, Lilian got upset, so Rachel was forced to backtrack in order to spare her feelings.

Lilian began dropping hints about Rachel's past in passing conversations to her friends, indicating that she had always been forced to clear up Rachel's many mistakes. She depicted Rachel as a troubled and depressed child, and seemed keen to divulge the reasons why. Rachel was furious when Michelle told her that Lilian had been dropping hints about her secret past. She went to confront her mother and it transpired that Rachel had fallen pregnant at 14, and Lilian had forced her to have an abortion, which left her depressed for a long while after. Rachel told her mother that she resented her for forcing her into an abortion. This upset Lilian and she told Rachel that it broke her heart to lose her first and perhaps only grandchild, but there was no other option. Rachel feared that Lilian would divulge her secret if she stayed in Walford, so she ordered her mother to go back to her father. Lilian left the following day after making peace with Rachel.

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Colin SimpsonEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1992
Appeared on 29 September 1992
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Occupation Council rep

Colin Simpson worked for Walford council. He came to inform the squatters at 23 Albert Square (Mark Fowler, Mandy Salter, Ricky and Sam Butcher) that they were being evicted. He was initially unable to find them, but Nigel Bates informed him where to find Ricky, and he formally handed him their eviction notice, which instructed them to vacate the premises in 72 hours.


Jack WoodmanEdit

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Duration 1992-1993
First appearance 12 November 1992
Last appearance 29 April 1993
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Occupation Student

Jack Woodman first appeared in November 1992 as a student friend of Michelle Fowler. Michelle went to a student gig on campus and spent the night being chatted up by Jack. Unbeknown to Michelle, her boyfriend, Clyde Tavernier, followed her there and found her in bed with Jack, which ended their relationship.

Jack reappeared in December 1992 when he showed up unexpectedly at the Fowler house on Christmas Day, to visit Michelle. Jack soon revealed that he wanted to continue his fling with Michelle, although she was adverse to this and gently but firmly declined. Jack was not perturbed and he would continuously show up in Walford with various different excuses in a bid to get close to Michelle. He secretly took photos of her; arranged to be privately home tutored by her landlady Rachel Kominski and interfered with her lingerie; had numerous fights with Clyde; began to spend time with her mother Pauline so he could pry into Michelle’s private life and then smashed his head against a brick wall and turned up at Michelle’s looking for sympathy.

When Michelle’s daughter, Vicki, was kidnapped in March 1993, Jack became prime suspect in the police investigation. When the police questioned him and discovered that his room was littered with pictures of Michelle, they decided to keep him under surveillance. The real kidnapper was eventually caught, but Jack was furious with Michelle’s betrayal. He continued to stalk her until she decided to take action. She enlisted the help of Phil Mitchell to scare him away and when this failed she contacted Jack’s father and step-mother to confront them with his irrational behaviour. It was revealed that Jack had a history of stalking girls and, after Jack broke down and confessed to everything, his father took him home with him.

Donald CameronEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1992)
EastEnders character
Duration 1992
First appearance 8 December 1992
Last appearance 24 December 1992
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Occupation Retired

Donald Cameron was a blind, Scottish ex-army sergeant who helped Dot Cotton with her Christmas carol concert in December 1992, by playing the piano.[4] His fee was a bottle of malt whisky, provided by Nigel Bates. Ethel Skinner also thought he was attractive, and joked with Dot about telling him that she had the body of a young woman, due to his blindness.[5]


OthersEdit

Date(s) Character(s) Actor Circumstances
2 JanuaryJimmyNiall RefoyIan Beale's friend, who he tried to influence into giving information about the sale of the pizza palour in Turpin road. Jimmy would not oblige.
25 February - 5 MarchCravenKarl CollinsStole one of Frank Butcher's cars and then drove it into a wall in a police chase. When Frank saw him drinking in the Vic a week later he phoned the police, but Craven's friend Stephens gave him an alibi, so he got off
27 FebruaryCecil, Olive and AndreaKeith Hodiak, Marsha Millar and Sharon Duncan-BrewsterAttended the Taverniers' house party and frowned upon Clyde's interracial relationship with Michelle Fowler. Cecil and Olive left embarrassed after discovering their daughter Andrea canoodling with Lloyd Tavernier
3 March - 5 MarchStephensSteve WestonA dodgy friend of Grant Mitchell who tried to get him to illegally pass MOTs for his cars. Phil Mitchell refused to let Grant do it .
31 MarchDebbieKelle BryanA friend of Lloyd Tavernier's, who informed his mother Etta that he'd been missing college.
31 March - 23 AprilWesleyNicholas PinnockA friend of Lloyd Tavernier who was into shoplifting. Wes, Lloyd and Gary Phillips were caught joyriding a stolen car and stood trial in April. Gary was sent to an offenders institute and Lloyd was given a suspended sentence, however Wesley's fate was never revealed.
23 AprilMr. Richards David Ellisona rep from Gladstones brewery who came to the Queen Vic to photograph Sam Mitchell after she was crowned "Miss Queen Vic". He convinced Sam that she could have a career as a model.
23 AprilMr. Wetherby Robert McBainLloyd Tavernier's lawyer when he stood trial for joyriding.
19 May - 21 MayDebbieSally RogersEscort who Ian Beale hired to pretend to be his girlfriend for a dinner date. Ian got drunk and made a pass at Debbie, then got abusive when she refused him. The following day he began harassing her at work, until the agency ordered him not to call again.
9 June - 16 JuneDC Firth and DS JacksonGeorge Sweeney and Roger SlomanCame to question Phil Mitchell after he performed a robbery on a bookies. They knew he was guilty, but Frank Butcher and Pete Beale gave him a false alibi.
23 July - 25 JulyGeorgeColin KerriganNurse who worked at the AIDS hospice where Gill Fowler died. He supported Mark Fowler through his grief.
7 JulyJasonTristan McGuirePhotographed Sam Mitchell for a magazine storyboard
7 JulyMickJohn LoveMedia student who acted as Sam's boyfriend for a magazine photoshoot.
21 JulyDennisTony AitkenIncompetent minicab driver, employed by Pat Butcher's cab firm. Frank Butcher was furious when Dennis crashed his minicab into his car. He only lasted in the job for one day.
28 JulyPaulaLisa JacobsA college friend of Michelle Fowler.
28 JulyMargaretTina JonesPersonal tutor of Michelle Fowler, who gave her career advice when she failed her college exams. She encouraged Michelle to pursue a career in teaching.
20 August - 25 AugustMrs HoganGillian Rainewoman who sold her deceased husband's belongings to Rachel Kominski, not realising that she was giving away an expensive fishing reel. Rachel sold the item for a profit, and Mrs Hogan's son tried to force Rachel to compensate them.
22 SeptemberMichael and TonyRoger Monk and Brett Fancy Two dodgy associates of Grant Mitchell who tried to get him to be a driver in a "wages snatch".
24 SeptemberDougieAlexander NashGrant recruited Dougie to be a driver in a "wages snatch" for a criminal gang. Dougie stole the money leaving Grant to face the repercussions.
29 SeptemberPC Edwards and DugdaleTerremce Edmond and Soo DrouetPolice officers who accompanied Colin Simpson when he handed Ricky Butcher an eviction notice.

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